Saturday, October 30, 2010
Gov. David A. Paterson is replacing a Pete with a Peter. On Thursday he announced that his deputy secretary for the environment, Peter M. Iwanowicz, was taking over as acting commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation after the dismissal of Alexander B. Grannis, better known as Pete, according to the New York Times.
Mr. Iwanowicz, 43, will remain in his current post and hold both positions.
He first joined state government in 2007, when Mr. Grannis named him director of the state Climate Change Office.
Last week, Governor Paterson fired Mr. Grannis after the leaking of a memo warning of dire consequences from the administration’s budget cuts to the department. Mr. Grannis denied he had anything to do with the release of the memo and complained that he was dismissed by Lawrence Schwartz, the governor’s secretary, without ever getting a chance to talk to the governor.
As the governor’s deputy secretary for the environment, a position he assumed in March, Mr. Iwanowicz is responsible for environmental policy matters.
As the first director of the New York State Office of Climate Change, he oversaw the state’s participation in the cap-and-trade program among Northeastern states known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, pronounced “Reggie.”)
Before joining state government, Mr. Iwanowicz was vice president of the American Lung Association of New York State and also worked for the Albany-based Environmental Advocates of New York.
Alexander B. Grannis in his Albany office in April. He was fired on Thursday October 21, after a memo about cuts in his staff was leaked. (Photo:Mike Groll/Associated Press)
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
LOCAL 30 CHARGES IMPROPER CONDUCT BY HUDSON RIVER PARK TRUST
Maintenance and Operations workers fighting for union recognition at Hudson River Park claim beleaguered Park Trust President Connie Fishman's costly anti-union crusade has now gone from merely unethical to blatantly illegal.
An improper conduct charge filed with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) this week claims Trust management has harassed employees that signed a petition demanding the Trust recognize International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 as their Collective Bargaining Representative and directing the Trust to immediately enter into contract negotiations.
The petition was a response to the Park's continued refusal to recognize Local 30 as their Collective Bargaining Representative. Three times during the past year M&O employees have met the PERB criteria to establish union recognition, but each time the Trust delayed recognition with objections and challenges.
Park employees loudly declared "Union Yes" when the union won an April 19th recognition election. In a May 14th e-mail message Hudson River Park Trust President Connie Fishman assured its Advisory Council the Trust “we have never had any intention of engaging in a protracted, expensive legal fight over the outcome of the vote", even though the Park had already filed a challenge to the election result. The challenge claimed the rules the Trust had agreed to prior to the election, to protect the integrity of the ballots and prevent fraud, should not apply after all. When PERB Public Employment Practices and Representation Director Monte Klein rejected the Trust's challenge, the Trust again dismissed its assurance to the Advisory Council and filed an objection to the Director's decision.
On December 29th of last year, at Ms. Fishman's request, the Trust's Board of Directors approved an additional $150,000 for "Labor and Employment Law Consultation," services of Bond, Schoeneck and King, bringing the total appropriation for the firm to $350,000. The request included no mention of the "union avoidance" training and consultation advertised on the firm's website. While "union avoidance" is commonly recognized as a code name for union busting, the firm's activity at Hudson River Park has coincided with Local 30's organizing activity and the Park's tactics and rhetoric regarding unionization are consistent with that routinely employed by established anti-union consultants, Ms. Fishman insists that the firm is retained for reasons other than an aggressive campaign of misinformation and intimidation.
Battle brewing in Hudson River union bid New York Daily News - November 3, 2010 - By Lisa Coangelo
Hudson River Park Trust Fights Employees' Vote to Join Union DNAinfo - October 27, 2010 - By Gabriela Resto-Montero
Hudson River Park Trust Spends Park Money To Fight Union Drive By 16 Employees West View - June 8 2010 - by Zachary Black